Southern Sound Series

Bringing the Soul of Americana to the Heart of the Carolina Piedmont!

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Throughout its history, the Lowry Family Theater at the McCelvey Center has provided students and area residents access to the performing arts. The historic theater seats over 500 guests, has a lovely 1920s ambiance and is noted for its remarkable acoustics. Our annual music series is supported by the Friends of McCelvey, and showcases established and emerging Southern musical acts. Past performers include Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley and the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

2019   Southern Sound Series
Presented by Rock Hill Coca-Cola
Stage Sponsored by Founders Federal Credit Union

The Travelin' McCourys

With bluegrass in their DNA, brothers Ronnie and Rob McCoury push the genre forward in the tradition of their legendary father, Del McCoury. Fiddler Jason Carter, bassist Alan Bartram, and guitarist Cody Kilby joined the brothers in 2009 to form the Travelin’ McCourys, which was awarded the 2018 Instrumental Group of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Additionally, Ronnie has received the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year for eight consecutive years. The band released their self-titled debut album in May 2018.

The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson Brothers have received numerous awards from both the International Bluegrass Music Association and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America as songwriters, vocalists, instrumentalists, and entertainers since their studio debut in 1994. “Mockingbird,” their fourteenth album has a November 2018 release date and promises to garner additional acclaim. Brothers Leigh and Eric Gibson, along with fellow band members, continue to keep the world of bluegrass fresh by appealing to music of the past and present.

The SteelDrivers

“Bluegrass with a rock-n-roll edge” is how SteelDrivers’ singer, songwriter, and fiddler Tammy Rogers describes their music. With new singer and guitar picker Kelvin Damrell on board, the SteelDrivers return to the McCelvey stage after a sell-out performance during the 2017 Southern Sound Series. Since their first release in 2008, they won a Grammy-Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2016 for "The Muscle Shoals Recordings,” and their discography includes several Grammy Award nominations in both country and bluegrass categories.

Sierra Hull

A virtuoso mandolin-player with a lustrous voice, Sierra Hull returns for an encore Southern Sound Series performance. A child prodigy who was born and raised in Tennessee, Hull was mentored by Alison Krauss and awarded a Presidential Scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music. Hull’s “Weighted Mind,” produced by Bela Fleck, received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album. In 2016, Hull was the first female to be named Mandolin Player of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association and has twice received that since.



  • Doors open at 6:30 p.m. All shows start at 7:30 pm.
  • Photography, video and/or audio recording is prohibited during performance at the theater.
  • Phones should be set to silent modes. If patrons must take a call during a performance, please go to the lobby for the comfort of the audience and performers.
  • Restless or crying children should be taken to the nearest exit, where ushers will be available for assistance. Patrons are asked to be sensitive to audience comfort.
  • Handicapped-accessible restrooms are located on the second floor. Handicapped seating and parking available. 
  • Food and beverages are not allowed inside the theater.
  • Contact on concert days only: 803-620-5115